Manchester United welcome Chelsea to Old Trafford on Saturday when they return to Premier League action later on today.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has received a major boost as Harry Maguire is expected to return to the starting lineup after missing the Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain. The club captain scored as United bounced back from their humiliating 6-1 defeat at home to Spurs by beating Newcastle at St James’ Park last weekend.
Solskjaer has options at the back once more as Axel Tuanzebe impressed in a back three alongside Victor Lindelof and Luke Shaw. The United boss may switch back to his preferred 4-2-3-1 system after changing the formation for the midweek win.
The Red Devils did the double over Frank Lampard’s side in the top flight last term and they will be hoping they can do the same again on Saturday afternoon.
Here at Football FanCast, we’ve taken a look at how Solskjaer could set his side up for the contest, with a team which sees him make three changes to the starting XI that beat PSG at the Parc des Princes.
We’re backing David de Gea to keep his place in goal for the Red Devils after impressing in the midweek win over Thomas Tuchel’s side, as he made a great save to deny Kylian Mbappe, so Dean Henderson may be forced to wait a little while longer.
Solskjaer has a selection dilemma on his hands as Rio Ferdinand insists that Tuanzebe should start every week for the foreseeable future. In all honesty, we don’t envy him over that decision, that’s for sure. Alex Telles will most likely keep his place on the left, so Maguire may slot into place alongside Victor Lindelof.
It’s hard to imagine any changes to the holding midfielders, with Scott McTominay and Fred likely to start, which means Paul Pogba is set to miss out. Maybe Pogba could come back in, but the pair were so strong against PSG that we reckon Solskjaer will stick with them instead.
Mason Greenwood is also expected to return, which means he will revert to the right wing, with Marcus Rashford lining up on the left flank. Rashford started the first three fixtures on the left wing this season and has bagged four goals in the past three games against the Blues, including a brace at Old Trafford last term.
Moving further afield, Solskjaer could hand Edinson Cavani his first-team debut as his first-choice striker Anthony Martial is still suspended after being sent off against Spurs before the international break.